Sha'baan: A Blessed Month that People Neglect - I

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  • Publish date:17/04/2018
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These days we are living a season of profitable trade with Allah The Almighty, namely; the days of the month of Sha’baan which many people neglect.

Here are some of the rulings and virtues of this month:
The virtue of fasting:
Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Messenger of Allah,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ), said: "Allah The Exalted says, 'Every (good) deed of the son of Aadam would be multiplied, a good deed receiving a tenfold to seven hundredfold reward, with the exception of fasting, for it is done for Me and I will give reward for it.'" [Muslim]
When Ibn ‘Uyaynah, may Allah be pleased with him, was asked about the meaning of: 'With the exception of fasting, for it is done for Me and I will give reward for it', he said, "On the Day of Resurrection, Allah The Exalted calls His slave to account and makes him pay for wronging people from all his other acts of worship until nothing remains except fasting. Thereupon, Allah pays for the remaining grievances and lets him enter Paradise with his fasting."
‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Amr, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ), said: "Fasting and the Quran intercede for the slave on the Day of Judgment." [Ahmad] [Al Albaani: Saheeh]
Abu Umaamah, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that he asked the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) to order him with a deed. The Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ), said: "Adhere to fasting as it has no equal" or in another narration "no similar" [An-Nasaa’i] [Al Albaani: Saheeh] [Saheeh At-Targheeb]
Fasting of the predecessors:
Daawood ibn Abi Hind  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  him fasted for forty years without his family knowing about it. He was a clothes seller and used to carry his lunch with him, but usually gave it in charity to the needy he would meet on the road. [Tahtheeb Siyar A‘laam An-Nubalaa’]
Abu Muslim Al-Khawlaani  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  him was fasting while invading the land of the Romans. He was asked, "What made you fast while you are traveling?" He answered, "If we were to fight, I would break my fast, prepare myself and seek strength. Horses do not run rapidly when they are fat; rather, they do when they are thin. Our remaining days are coming for which we shall work.” [Tahtheeb Siyar A‘laam An- Nubalaa’]
Narrations about the virtue of fasting in Sha’baan
‘Aa’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, said, "The Messenger of Allah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) used to fast till one would say that he would never stop fasting, and he would abandon fasting till one would say that he would never fast. I never saw the Messenger of Allah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) fasting for a whole month except the month of Ramadan, and did not see him fasting in any month more than in the month of Sha’baan." [Al-Bukhari]
’Aa’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, also said, “I never saw the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) observing (voluntary) fast more in any other month than that of Sha’baan. He used to fast throughout the whole of Sha’baan.”
‘Imraan ibn Husayn, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Messenger of Allah,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ), said to a person: ‘Did you observe any fast in the beginning of Sha’baan?’ He said, ‘No.’Thereupon, the Messenger of Allah,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ), said: ‘Fast two days instead (of one fast) when you have completed (the fasts of) Ramadan." [Muslim] An-Nawawi said, "This Hadeeth contradicts the authentic Hadeeths that prohibit fasting directly before Ramadan. The Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) clarified that usual fasting is not included in the prohibition; rather, the prohibition is for voluntary fasting."
The evidence of the preference of fasting it is that ’Aa’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, said, “I never saw the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) observing (voluntary) fast more in any other month than that of Sha’baan. He used to fast throughout the whole of Sha’baan.”[Al-Bukhari]
"He (the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention )) never fasted a whole month except Sha’baan which he combined with Ramadan." [Abu Daawood] That is to say that he used to fast most of the days of Sha’baan. At Tirmithi narrated from Ibn Al-Mubaarak  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  him that in the Arabic language, one may say "he fasted the whole month" while he only fasted the majority thereof. Others said that he would sometimes fast the whole month and at other times fast most of it. It was also said: from its (the month’s) beginning to its end.

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